Matthew 2:11

Costly Christmas

 

 Read:

“they presented to Him gifts…” Matthew 2:11

 

Reflect:

For many this is the great day of celebration honoring the birth of our Lord Jesus. Families gather, presents are opened, carols are sung, and as a result, it is a day of genuine happiness. But, not for everyone.

For others, this will not be a day of joy; rather, it will be another day of disappointment. In the midst of that disappointment and even despair, it is easy to agree with Solomon when he wrote in the chapter of Ecclesiastes 10:16-20, “. . . money is the answer for everything.” If only there were money, the celebration could be good! If only I could be rich. If only I could be the king. It was to those who believed that struggles could be erased with enough money and laughter that Solomon wrote, “Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child.”

If your land – your life – is ruled by the immaturity of a child, then things which can be purchased with enough money, or experienced with enough wine, and laughter can make you happy and satisfied. But if you want your life to be about more than the moment, or the things you own, then you need another King, who is not a child.

The great news of this day is that there is such a King who, though He was born a child, He grew, and in His maturity, died to pay for the sins of the world, and rose from the dead so each individual can know Him as their Lord and Savior. This King is Jesus. He is the One who is able to bring order and meaning to your life in such a way that genuine laughter will be heard and a feast of deep satisfaction can be enjoyed! 

 

Respond:

Acknowledge Jesus as your most costly gift. Today say a prayer, thank Him for coming into this world to be your Lord, Savior and Christ.